Guidelines for Thunder-Lightning Safety

The NJSIAA has changed their policy on how we are to deal with thunder and lightning.  The previous "flash to bang" count is no longer to be used.

  • Criteria for Suspension and Resumption of Activity

    Once lightning has been recognized or thunder heard, the game must be suspended immediately with all players, coaches, spectators, and officials directed to appropriate shelters.

    After the suspension, the plan should include strict, documented criteria for the resumption of activities. It is mandatory to wait at least 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning is witnessed or thunder is heard. Any subsequent lightning orthunder after the beginning of the 30-minute count should reset the clock and another count should begin. 

  • Please check the 2019-2020 NJSIAA Handbook for Officials, pages 18-20 for more information.